Sept. 26, 2008
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
In a thrilling match on both sides, the Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (2-10 overall, 1-2 in the MWC) took the 13th ranked Colorado State Rams (11-1 overall, 3-0 in the MWC) to the brink but came up short in five sets (25-22, 13-25, 18-25, 25-21, 9-15) on Friday night in Fort Collins.
"I think our team played very hard against a very good team," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "Our team is strong as long as we play as a team. We don't have the big go to person, but we have a lot of ankle biters, and this team believes that they can win. They have pride of being a student-athlete at the University of Wyoming, for this team and I think that goes a long way. Tasha (Weishahn) set a wonderful match against a team that was ranked 13th in the country. We struggled in a few areas, but I think we can really grow and improve as a team from this."
Two players finished the night in double-figures for the Cowgirls led by sophomore Lauren Whitney. She recorded a match high 14 kills, while hitting .303 (14-4-33) and recording five digs. Dani Bedore followed with ten kills and five total blocks, while Jenna Arenson added nine kills and five blocks. Wyoming hit .148 (48-27-142) and had 8.5 total team blocks.
Jaime Strauss led the way for Rams with 19 kills, seven digs and two blocks. Jacque Davisson added 12 kills and 12 digs followed by Tessa Nelson with 11 kills and Mekana Barnes with ten. CSU hit .294 for the matches and had 13 total team blocks.
Wyoming came out on the attack in the first set as they took the early 6-1 lead. The Rams responded back with a 6-1 run to even it up at seven all. Over the next several points, each team traded points back and forth until five unanswered by the Cowgirls put them up 14-9. After CSU pulled to within three, 14-11, UW scored the next five of eight points to go back up again by five, 19-14. The Rams battled back with another 7-1 run to take a one point advantage, 21-20. This time, the Cowgirls tied it up at 21 and scored the final four of five points to take the first set 25-22.
Colorado State rebounded in the second set as they took an 8-3 lead. The Cowgirls tried to fight their way back in to it by scoring four of the next seven points to pull within four, 11-7. Unfortunately the Rams had other ideas as they scored the next six straight to go up by double-figures, 17-7. Wyoming ended their drought with a couple of points, but there was no comeback to be had as they were out scored 8-4 down the stretch to fall 25-13.
In the third set, the Rams picked up where they left off and gained an 8-1 lead. Wyoming answered with a 4-2 run bring the score to within five, 10-5, but Colorado State rallied off three of the next four to increase the lead back to seven, 13-6. The Cowgirls continued to battle by scoring five of seven to inch closer, 15-11, unfortunately this time the Rams ran off four straight to make it 19-11. Despite out scoring the Rams down the stretch, 7-6, Wyoming would fall in the third set, 25-18.
The Cowgirls started off strong in the fourth set as they opened up an 8-3 lead, which was answered by a 4-2 scoring run by CSU to pull within two, 9-7. Five straight points, which then turned into a 7-2 run from Wyoming, extended their lead to seven, 16-9. Not to be outdone, Colorado State responded by scoring seven of the next nine to make it a two point set, 18-16. The Cowgirls kept their composure and rallied off six of nine to gain set point, 24-19. Colorado State held off two, but Wyoming came out on top 25-21 to force a fifth set.
It was all Colorado State to begin the fifth set as they opened up a 6-2 advantage. The Cowgirls tried to make a dent in the lead with a 3-2 to bring pull within three, 8-5. Despite putting up a good battle, the Rams would score the final 7 of 11 to win the set 15-9 and the match 3-2.
Wyoming will be on the road for their next match as they travel to Colorado Springs to take on the Air Force Academy Falcons, Saturday, Oct. 4. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.